MacDONALD, Valarie Doreen

Peacefully surrounded by her adoring family at her home on Wednesday June 30, 2021, Valarie MacDonald (nee Ostrander) of Cherry Valley died at the age of 64. She was the daughter of Mary Ostrander (nee Norton) of Cherry Valley and the late Leland Ostrander and was the cherished wife of Allan for 39 years. Val was the beloved mother and precious friend of Ali MacDonald of Bloomfield, John Henry MacDonald (Mallory Walsh) of Ottawa, and Maggie MacDonald of Picton. She is survived by her sisters Cindy Ostrander of Cherry Valley, Julie Brownson (Tim) of Northport and her brother Brad Ostrander (Jenn) of Belleville. Val will be fondly remembered by her many nieces and nephews. Despite a 20-year-long illness, Val enjoyed good health and was able to live very fully. Val was an avid golfer and Picton Golf and Country Club Ladies Champion many times over. She enjoyed golfing in many fundraising tournaments and was thrilled to travel to see the Masters in Augusta and eat lunch just off the 18th green at Pebble Beach. In her volunteer work with young golfers, Val grew the junior program at the Picton Golf and Country Club to include 120 members (unheard of today) many of whom still love the game. She was a lover of crosswords, “good” mechanical pencils, and trivia (especially Jeopardy!). Famous for her Granny Cake, boisterous laugh and lightning fast fingers on a calculator (without looking!). In recent years, Val travelled to California many times, the Yukon, New York City, Maui, Cape Cod, Boston, Winnipeg, South Korea, Myrtle Beach (annually), Chicago, and PEI. Val’s happy place was reading on her lounge chair at “the Lot” and she was so proud to have a piece of secluded paradise in the County. Val’s true bravery, grit, sharp wit, and sense of humour stayed with her right until the end which made her final days easy and peaceful for her family. A true County girl, Val contributed to the community extensively through her work with Hospice Prince Edward, St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, Order of the Eastern Star, and many more. She said, “You can’t be part of a community without serving the community” and, in her final days, advised her kids to “pay it forward” through their lives. We had the best mom ever and will always hold her memory close to our hearts. The family wishes to thank Dr. Levesque and the team of caring nurses at Oncology at Belleville General Hospital, and Dr French and the Family Health Team for supporting Val and optimizing her health over the years. A special thank you to Hospice Prince Edward for the use of equipment that allowed us to keep Val at home. Deepest gratitude and appreciation to family friend Heather Campbell for her grace, caring, and wisdom. Val is resting at the Whattam-Hicks Funeral Home, 33 Main Street West, Picton (613-476-2450). A private, invitation-only Memorial Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated in the Church of St. Gregory the Great. Inurnment Cherry Valley Cemetery. Celebration of Life to follow in the coming weeks (details to follow as they become available). If desired, donations to Hospice Prince Edward or Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by Val’s family.  Online condolences and to share memories of Val, please visit: www.rushnellfamilyservices.com